When we look at our work, both in the past and present, we acknowledge the invaluable commitment and contribution of women to what we do. We may go as far enough to say that without the work of women, the pursuit of peace would be futile work.
So we join the global community to commemorate the 2021 International Women’s Day 2021 with the theme: “I Choose to Challenge”.
The success of the peace consolidation effort of the current administration is largely hinged on the unwavering support we continue to enjoy from the womenfolk. These amazons have been our tireless partners in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Plateau State and especially in the Plateau Peace Building Agency. We have enjoyed a tremendous level of cooperation and partnerships with women organisations at the state and national levels.
Women in our contemporary society are faced with numerous challenges of socio-cultural and economic biases such as sexual molestations, harmful cultural practices, domestic violence, uneven access to affordable and quality education and, political under representation, amongst others. This year, the theme of the International Women’s Day is a rallying cry by women as they choose to challenge these biases that are sadly a part of their lives still.
To quote the inimitable Chimamanda Adichie puts it in her essay We should all be feminists, "...a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better."
At Plateau Peacebuilding Agency, we are committed to engaging matters of gender. On this special day, we stand with our womenfolk and celebrate them. Because of the work they do, Plateau State is a much better place to live in than it would be without their work.